Clayton Kershaw is a three-time Cy Young, one-time MVP, eight-time all-star and is the face of the franchise for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw is the longest-tenured member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and is one of just two players, alongside Kenley Jansen, that has been on the team in all seven of the Dodgers’ consecutive NL West-winning seasons.
Kershaw made his debut in 2008 and carved out his case for being the best pitcher of the 2010s. He won three Cy Young awards, an MVP, won the ERA title five times and was an all-star eight times.
Kershaw is undoubtedly the greatest left-handed pitcher of our generation, if not the greatest pitcher of our generation, and will go down as one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game’s history.
With no baseball until at least May (if not longer), we have decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments for our favorite Dodgers. Here are Clayton Kershaw’s five most memorable moments in his 12-year career with the team.
5. Passing Sandy Koufax in all-time wins and strikeouts
These were not done on the same day, which would have been incredible, but were done within a few weeks of each other. Kershaw passing Sandy Koufax in all-time wins and strikeouts in August 2019 may have cemented him as the greatest pitcher in Dodger history.
There are a lot of old school fans that would say otherwise, bringing up the fact how dominant Koufax was and that he could have etched out an even better career if it was not cut short because of injuries.
But if Kershaw can put together five more all-star caliber seasons, which is not unheard of considering that he is only 32 this year, then he will undoubtedly go down as the greatest pitcher in team history.
Kershaw is 64 wins away from Don Sutton‘s all-time franchise record of 233 wins. If he pitches another five years with the Dodgers then he will need to average 13 wins a year to surpass Sutton. Kershaw has hit 13 wins in eight of his 11 full seasons.